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Max. Weekly Benefit Amount
$414
Max. Weeks of Benefits
21
Current Jobless Rate
2.9%
Max Weekly Benefit Amount
$414
Max Weeks of benefits
21
Current Jobless rate
2.9%

Updated : August 3rd, 2021

Idaho Unemployment Benefits

The Idaho Department Of Labor provides Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits to unemployed people to help them replace part of the income they lost when they become unemployed. However, one should meet several eligibility requirements to qualify for Idaho unemployment benefits. Below we have listed UI eligibility criteria and much more information.

Eligibility To Apply For UI Benefits In Idaho

An applicant must meet monetary and job separation requirements to be eligible for unemployment benefits in Idaho.

Monetary Eligibility

An applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria to monetarily qualify for unemployment benefits in Idaho:

  • The applicant must have earned at least $1,872 in one-quarter of his or her base period
  • The applicant must have wages in the remaining three quarters that are at least 25% of the wages in the highest quarter of the base period

Job Separation

The applicant must be unemployed through no fault of his or her own. The applicant will not receive benefits if he or she is unemployed due to any of the following reasons:

  • The applicant was fired for misconduct
  • The applicant voluntarily quit his or her job for reasons that are not considered as good-cause
  • The applicant was fired for failing drug or alcohol test
  • The applicant was fired for violating company policies

Eligibility requirements – overview


Maintaining Eligibility

The applicant should maintain his or her eligibility to receive the Idaho unemployment benefits without any hassle. To maintain the eligibility, the applicant must:

  • Be able to and available for work
  • Actively look for work (contact at least two employers each week)
  • Accept a job offer
  • Register with idahoworks.gov
  • Document and submit work search activities
  • File weekly certifications

Find out on job search requirements

How To Apply For UI Benefits In Idaho?

To receive UI benefits in Idaho, the applicant must submit the following documents:

An applicant can apply for unemployment benefits in Idaho through any of the following ways:

Online

It is the safest way to apply for UI benefits. The applicant can file for benefits online at labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal. For interstate applications, the applicant can visit labor.idaho.gov/claimantportal.

Visit Local DOL

The applicant can also file for benefits at the nearest local Idaho Department of Labor office if he or she does not have access to the internet or computer.
Note – The applicant must serve the waiting week before starting to receive Idaho Unemployment Insurance benefits.

How To File Weekly Claims

The applicant must file weekly claims for each week he or she wishes to receive the payment. The applicant must file a weekly certification on the immediate Sunday following the end of the waiting week. The weekly certification can be filed by filling the application 24 hours a day, seven days a week online. The applicant can call (208) 332-8942 within 24 hours if there is an error in the application.

Learn how to claim weekly benefits

UI Benefits Amount

The weekly UI benefits amount depends on wages earned in the base period. The maximum weekly benefit an applicant can receive in Idaho is $335, and the minimum is $72.

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Things To Know After Filing An Application

A claimant must know a few aspects after filing for Unemployment Insurance in Idaho.

Overpayments

Sometimes, a claimant may receive unemployment overpayment. An overpayment may occur due to any of the following reasons:

  • Administrative errors
  • Reversal of previous unemployment decision
  • The applicant did not correctly report weekly earnings
  • The applicant failed to notify the Idaho DOL when he or she refused to work
  • The applicant hide facts about his job separation
  • The applicant did not submit the necessary documentation to DOL

The claimant should repay the overpayment. The Department may seize bank accounts, hold future unemployment benefits and income tax refunds if the claimant fails to repay the amount. The Department may also file an administrative lien on personal property to recover the amount.
Note – The claimant can request a repayment plan if he or she can’t pay the amount in a lump sum. To request a payment plan, call 1-8­00-672-5627 or (20­8) 332-3573.

Overpayment Through Fraud

Individuals who defraud Idaho’s unemployment insurance system are subject to a possible felony conviction and must repay the entire amount in addition to penalties. These individuals will have to wait a minimum of 52 weeks and repay fraudulently received benefits in full before obtaining future benefits.
The penalty amounts are as follows:

  • 1st offense: 25% of the overpayment amount
  • 2nd offense: 50% of the overpayment amount
  • 3rd (or more) offense: 100% of the overpayment amount

Benefits Extension

Normally, the state provides benefits for a maximum of up to 26 weeks. But if the unemployment rate is too, it may provide extended benefits. Visit Idaho DOL to know more about extended benefits.

Job Training Assistance

The Idaho Department Of Labor offers job search and training services to help job seekers get employed. Some of them include:

  • Workshops
  • Career search tool
  • Resume creation
  • Trade Act Assistance

The Department also provides the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a federally funded program designed to help the adult and dislocated workers.

Know more job training opportunities in ID

Idaho Phone Numbers

Find the below-listed phone numbers of unemployment offices in Idaho:

Idaho Unemployment Office Numbers

Claims Center 1-800-891-6499
Unemployment appeals (317) 233-6888
Unemployment fraud hotline 1-800-891-6499

Locate your nearest unemployment office



Frequently Asked Question

Q. When will I receive my first payment?
You will receive your first payment within 3 weeks, provided there are no issues in your application or eligibility. If there is an issue, the Department will contact you and collect more information. In such cases, the payment may be delayed.
Q. Will the Department deduct money from my benefits if I owe child support payments?
Yes, the Department will deduct money from your weekly benefits if you owe child support payments. Up to 50% of your benefits will be deducted if you owe past-due child support, current child support, or both, and you have a Title IV-D child support case, and applied towards your support payment and any arrears you owe.
Q. Will the Department collect overpayment if I have appealed?
No. Overpayment collections remain paused until a decision is issued. The Department will begin the collections again if you still have an overpayment after the appeal is over.
Q. I can't repay the overpayment at once. What can I do?
You can set up a repayment plan if you cannot repay the overpayment at once. Contact the DWD Benefit Collections Unit at 1-800-262-6949 to know whether you qualify for a repayment agreement.

Questions & Answers

  1. I waited almost a month after I left my last job to file for unemployment. Will I receive a check for the 4 weeks that I was off work, but had not applied yet?

  2. I was terminated due to not performing at the skill level for a Registered Nurse, am I entitled to claim unemployment benefit ?

    1. Teresa,

      You might not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

  3. If I live in SC but worked in Idaho from October 11, 2018 through February 1, 2019, and then was laid off, would I be able to receive unemployment benefits?

    1. Gerard,

      If you have active employment and earnings in the last 4-5 calendar quarters, please consider applying from the state where your employment was based.

  4. I am laid off because of the Govt shut down. Can I receive unemployment until the shut down is over.

    1. Kathy,

      Good question. I am not completely sure of a definite answer. You may call the Unemployment Office to find out.

    1. Michael,

      I hope you’re able to now. If you still have issues, please clear the browser cache and if the issue persists, call the Unemployment Office.

  5. From January 1st 2016 until some time in the end of April 2016 I worked in North Dakota I started employment in Idaho august 20th 2016 through the end of the year. which state would I file for unemployment in?

  6. I was wondering how I would go about getting this denial of my claim addressed. RESEA – Failure to Attend Interview. I did not receive any offers of employment via email nor did I receive any offers of employment via telephone. In neither of those options did I receive a notice of an interview either. What should I do?

  7. I CURRENTLY GETTING UNMPLOYMENT. MY QUESTION IS IF I STARTED SELLING AVON HOW DO I REPORT IT. BY THE WEEK I GET A CHECK OR AT THE END OF THE MONTH? DO I REPORT THE PROFIT OR THE WHOLE AMOUNT INCLUDING OF COST OF THE PRODUCT PLUS THE PROFIT.

    1. With regard to earnings that are reported – it is always GROSS earnings – total amount earned during a specific time period (regardless of whether or not is is received). If you pay your taxes on this income yourself, you may be considered self employed. Self employed people do not pay into unemployment and therefore are not eligible for benefits. It is possible this could be viewed as a sideline business – meaning you could / will work a full time job for an employer. Let the local unemployment office know the specifics and they will let you know the impact.

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